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Letter to the Editor: Middle class is under assault


As a political junkie, I'd usually be touting my candidates. But I'm going to take a different tack this go around.

I suggest to the readers of whatever political persuasion that the best interests of most of us are being seriously eroded. Let me give you a few examples.

Nearly all of us are workers or otherwise members of the middle class. Overwhelming evidence establishes that the middle class is under assault. The portion of national income and assets held by the "top 1 or 5 percent" is exploding, all at the expense of the rest of us.

There is broad agreement that federal spending and the deficit must be cut. Among non-partisan experts and commissions, agreement is almost as broad that true reform is possible only if federal revenues, too, are increased.

Yet, the budget already passed by one house of Congress adopts cuts that would fall only upon the middle class and, particularly, the least fortunate among us. It fails to impose one additional dime of taxes upon the rich. How does this square with what the Bible teaches? I'm no youth, but during my lifetime the top marginal tax rate for the wealthiest was over 90 percent. And they didn't fare too badly.

My generation, and its predecessors, found Medicare to be a huge benefit deeply relied on. But for the tens of millions to follow us, its future is threatened. A serious proposal would end Medicare as we know it and substitute for it a voucher scheme operated by the insurance companies. Modest reforms are available to ensure the future of Medicare; gutting the program is, however, not one of them.

As to elections, they have as a practical matter been handed over to the deep pockets of Wall Street and the big corporations (which, we are told, are people too). See what's happening in this year's campaigns.

If you keep up with the news, you know who's pushing the measures that make the rich richer and punish everyone else. This merits some thought before November.

Bob Lowerre, Woodstock


Well said, Mr.Lowerre.

Agree, well said, Mr. Lowerre.

I have posted this previously; however, to date, no one has the answer to my question.

"All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed." --Sarah Palin, botching the history of Paul Revere's midnight ride, June 3, 2011

"But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies." --Sarah Palin, after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas, interview on Glenn Beck's radio show, Nov. 24, 2010


When you stop to consider that John McCain choose Sarah Palin as a “better candidate” (McCann's words) than Mitt Romney in 2008, do you wonder why? Not even a little bit?

That's the problem with junkies...They're only after the high and care not what they ingest. You offer fantasy and piffle, Bob.

JFK dropped the rate to get more revenue. Reagan and Clinton made similar adjustments to the Code for the same reasons and effect.

GB the Elder made a deal with the Dems and prolonged the recession and lost reelection on Clinton's mantra: "It's the economy, stupid!"

Clinton knew to cut an economic deal with the Repubs after his midterm defeat and handily won reelection.

Obama was too arrogant (or, "greedy?") to follow suit and continues to govern from the hard left.

Because of that, your hero flew into D.C. on a unicorn and will retreat four months hence on the back of a donkey.

What is it with your odd obsession with Palin, Jane?

Doesn't Joe currently offer enough comic relief?

Really good letter, Bob----honest and commonsense.

I can understand why anyone in the wealthy 1% of the country would support today's hard-right Republican Party because it would be in their best interest, but for anyone else who is in the middle class or anyone struggling to keep their head above water, it is amazing that they have allowed themselves to be fooled and tricked into voting against their own best interests.

Mostly typical liberal flaptrap without supporting facts.

DF: "What is it with your odd obsession with Palin, Jane?

So, DF, you truly believe that Sarah Palin would be a more compentent VP and, God forbid, a better President than Joe Biden?

I was reading the above comment ("Mostly typical liberal flaptrap without supporting facts.") by 'valley patriot', a frequent commentator on the regional jail issue, who I suspect to be a one of the crazy Tea Party Tin Foil Hat and Marching Band Brigade.. His inane comment above reminded me of something I had recently read that contained the following statement:

"Patriotism and jingoism are not by any means the same thing."

I thought I understood the meaning of the word patriot, but what does jingoism mean? I looked it up and here is what I found:

· a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
· a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.

OK, so far so good......

· a person who professes his or her patriotism loudly and excessively, favoring vigilant preparedness for war and an aggressive foreign policy; bellicose chauvinist.

Whoa, now we are getting somewhere.......

· a person who is aggressively and blindly patriotic, especially one devoted to military glory
· aggressive or fanatical patriotism; jingoism
· enthusiastic devotion to a cause
· smug irrational belief in the superiority of one's own race, party, sex, etc: male chauvinism

With the above definitions now in hand, what can we infer about 'valley patriot'?

I am having hard time with the statement ". . without supporting facts". The facts are everywhere newspapers, local news, cable TV (well Fox is not known for their fact reporting), in your daily life and that of your family and friends.

Here is a fact: The United States has had 29 months of job growth. We are headed on the right track
To learn more go to:

Just a slight correction Batal Rose, there have been 30 straight months of job increases. Granted we would all like to see higher numbers. But that doesn't come near to putting in perspective what was happening when President Obama took office. There were 741,000 jobs LOST in the first month of his presidency. The words of Bill Clintion echo in my ears. They gave President Obama a mess, they are now complaining he didn't clean up their mess fast enough and now they want another try over? Give me a break!!

Let's try it again, Jane:

What is your odd obsession with Palin?

Doesn't Joe CURRENTLY offer enough comic relief?

(BTW: He blew it last night...again. Chiding Romney's territorial tax zoning proposals --apparently ignorant that Obama's own advisers are pressing him to make such adjustments.)

Haven't you been taken to task enough today? We all patiently await your response to Mr. Waller.


Your standard for being "taken to task" is as low as your notion of a growing economy.

Even the French don't buy your notion of "30 consecutive months of job growth"

AFP - The dollar fell against other major currencies Friday after a crucial US August jobs report was much weaker than expected, stoking hopes for new Federal Reserve support of the economy.

The euro was at $1.2811 around 2100 GMT, up from $1.2629 at the same time Thursday. Earlier it hit $1.2818, its highest level since May 21 against the US unit.

after readings somethingabout sarah palin above about vice president, I had to look up joke in the dictionary and the last name Palin came up, and abreviations for vice president. She would probably be a good neighbor, she would bake me banana bread, and tell me about being an soccer mom. But good gried Lioness, do not think of her as a vice president.

I have 2, I guess you would call them long time friends, 1 more of a aquantance then a freind. They both probably make about half of what I make a year. I have no idea whether they get foodststamps, etc. I have no clue how they could survive without some sort of assistance. Because I pay all my bills and things are tight. But you know what they are both republicans, and romney supporters. I'm not a political guru, but how can they be republicans?

I have a couple reasons that may be (in my own opinion of course)

-honest ignorance of anything to do with politics. I was talking to a neighbor recently, later 50s and he said to me "I don't pay attention to politics but my Mom always voted Republican so I do too" and in the same turn a FB friend was talking to another female who had no idea about the platform the GOP has proposed towards women and the actions they have taken the last few years. People just don't know. That is also accounting for those who only see the occasional "I endorsed this ad", or only get hear say from someone else.

-willful ignorance. I point to some seen here often as well as many others who only take one side of the story. Oh they pay attention, but only to what the right tells them to. For instance the repeated spew that Obama had a filibuster proof congress. The information is out there, but its easier to listen to Fox tell them what to believe. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities did an analysis that broke down our deficit through 2019, showing that while there are other factors, the Bush wars and Tax credits account for most of the budget deficit through that time...but its easier to believe the Limbaughs, Becks, and Fox Spews.

-The just plain stupid. You can't fix them. Like the woman that was arguing with me about one of Lyin Ryan's "fibs" that he was telling the truth when his own camp admitted they weren't. Dealing with those type people make me wish you had to pass a couple question test before being allowed to vote.

Perspective plays a part in each aspect. Someone who has never gotten truly ill or been denied coverage has no real understanding of how important affordable healthcare is to others. The little housewife, whom yeah they may have had a few rough patches, but never to the brink of needing outside help isn't going to understand the families that do. Even in how we deal with changes, alot of people especially around here and more rural areas have never lived bigger, never dealt day by day in a constantly changing atmosphere with people from all backgrounds so their knowledge is limited. On and on...

I've quoted it before here, "Reality Has A Liberal Bias". While neither party is perfect and President Obama has made mistakes (he should have been meaner sooner), the more facts you take in, the more history you look at, basically the more knowledge you open yourself up to, the more you see the only clear choice this time around is Democratic. The right has moved so far right there is no moderation left within that party.

My 2 cents, I'm wiped and going to bed ;)

Making things perfectly clear, who said all of the following quotes?

"...the Vice President is a member of both the executive and legislative branches"

“Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position.”

"I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree."

“One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let’s commit ourselves just everyday American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say ‘Never Again.’ Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those managing our money and loaning us these dollars.”

“With the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that, as governor, I was the first governor to form a climate change subcabinet to start dealing with the impacts.”

“You know, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, with these impacts.”

“If Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them.”

"Well, let's see. There's ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there's never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―"

"'Refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!'"

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

"But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies."

"As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border."

"I love that smell of the emissions!"

"I haven't heard the president state that we're at war. That's why I too am not knowing -- do we use the term intervention? Do we use war? Do we use squirmish? What is it?"

"As we work and sightsee on America's largest island, we'll get to view more majestic bears, so now is a good time to draw attention to the political equivalent of the species."

"Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant -- they're quite clear -- that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments."

"I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out."

"Because of that one episode, that one episode, that would turn an issue into what it has become over the last two years. I think that's ridiculous. That's one of those things, where that issue...that I don't read, or that I'm not informed, it's one of those questions where I like to turn that around and ask the reporters, 'Why would it be that there is that perception that I don't read?'"


Wait, there's more.........

"I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is."

OK, Sarah, there's the door....don't let it hit you in the a$$ on your way out.




Shenandoah1, Unfortunately Katybug is right about too many Americans interest/knowledge regarding politics. It is very sad and this country will be much worse off if R&R get in office. As Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco stated in his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5, 2012: "In Tampa last week, we heard all about job creators. But at our company, we recognize that job creation requires time and investment and commitment to the long term. IT REQUIRES COMPANIES THAT PLANT AND GROW, NOT EXECUTIVES WHO REAP AND RUN. That’s how we do our part to build an economy that lasts. At Costco, we’ve created over 116,000 American jobs. During the next 12 months, we expect to add 7,000 more. And we’re proud that Costco pays the highest wages among our peers, that we provide benefit and health care plans that are second to none, that we’ve grown our business by promoting from within. So we’re not just giving Costco people jobs, we’re empowering them to build careers and support middle-class families...."

I knew Ruppert Murdocks lying and cheating news organization was in Great Britain but I didn't realize it had spread to France.

Hey Jane Mackie, I saw a newshow on the Costco company and its CEO about a year ago. It was a nice episode, and was happy to see how the costsco company was run, and the employees were treated well. They showed the CEO's office, which he was rarely in, It was just a small space that looked like it could be a large closet.

We watched that too. My husband and I are huge Costco fans/members, and we eagerly support a company such as this.


ROFLMAO, You are G R E A T! Sitting in a hotel in Reno, NV last night reading that and laughing so hard I nearly fell outta my chair!

For the last nine years of his career, my brother was the Alaska Region Director for Federal Aviation Administration and his wife was a staff member of the US Senate. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to ask my brother what he thought of Ms Palin, but I can tell you that my sister-in-law was NOT the least bit complimentary when she responded to my query.

The thought of that woman being one step away from the Oval Office scared the devil out of me!

Which really begs the question: Why did McCann choose someone like Palin over Romney????


In 1972, shortly after being elected to the Senate at age 29, Biden lost his wife and one-year-old daughter in a car crash in which his two sons were also injured; he later remarried and had another daughter. He was given last rites by a priest in 1988 before recovering from a life-threatening aneurysm and brain surgery; he described his recovery as "a second chance in life."

Although any citizen, myself included, will never agree with every decision a politician makes, I truly believe that Biden is a very decent human who truly values his nation's interest above money. Anyone facing a near experience as he did probably is more honest in his dealings than some, maybe most. When he was speaking at the DNC, the look on the First Lady's face revealed her respect for this man. I was told that he was one of the most respected men serving in Congress.


Jane he took one look at Romney's tax return. James Carville.

Inclined to agree that is the issue.

Romney's college days: It's not clear who paid for his education, but Romney wasn't exactly a struggling student; i.e., enough cash for plane tickets to visit Ann prior to marriage, a car as a wedding gift, stock that kept them from having to work while both were in college, help buying a home (although I read that Mitt's father actually gave them their first home as wedding present).

Bain Capital was NOT Mitt Romney's brain child. Bill Bain, CEO of Bain & Company and Romney's employer, encouraged Romney to set up Bain Capital, actually promising Romney would suffer no loses should the company not be successful. (Don't take my word for this; it is WELL documented.) How many of us would like to have an offer like that? Bill Bain actually received a share of Bain Capital profits until Romney said he thought that was enough. Nice guy, Mitt Romney.

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